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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Health Scare But Is Home for Thanksgiving

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Health Scare But Is Home for Thanksgiving


The oldest member of the Supreme Court gave court watchers a scare.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is home for Thanksgiving.

The 81-year-old Supreme Court justice was released from the hospital today, reports the Associated Press. She had been admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Tuesday after a scare with her personal trainer.

Ginsburg, the court's oldest member, was treated for a blockage in her right coronary artery, reports said, and received a stent to clear it.

She has become something of a hero to LGBT activists. Ginsburg, who has personally officiated same-sex marriages, called anything less than full marriage equality the "skim milk" version during hearings

And she has since become an astute prognosticator on how the Supreme Court might act (or not act) on marriage equality cases. Even before the justices declined to hear any cases from circuit courts that had overturned marriage bans, Ginsburg had suggested the court might not need to step in, at least not if there is consensus among the lower courts.

But mistake that for Ginsburg thinking that the court will always stay on the sideline. She told Katie Couric it would have to rule one day. Then she suggested that the Sixth Circuit might be the one to watch -- and it recently ruled in favor of keeping marriage bans.

In the NBC News report below, we're reminded of comments Ginsburg made predicting that she couldn't possibly be replaced in the current political climate:

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